by Tartakower

 

No one ever won a game by resigning.

 

It is always better to sacrifice your opponents' men.

 

The mistakes are there waiting to be made.

 

The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.

 

The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made.

 

To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game.

 

Some part of a mistake is always correct.

 

Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders.

 

The tactician must know what to do whenever something needs doing; the strategist must know what to do when nothing needs doing.

 

A Chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe that you have an advantage, and the third … when you know you're going to lose !

 

A thorough understanding of the typical mating continuations makes the most complicated sacrificial combinations leading up to them not only difficult, but almost a matter of course.

 

Seize the outpost K5 with your knight, and you can go to sleep. Checkmate will come by itself.

 

An isolated pawn spreads gloom all over the chessboard.

 

A draw can be obtained not only by repeating moves, but also by one weak move.

 

In chess, there is only one mistake: over-estimation of your opponent. All else is either bad luck or weakness.

 

Reti is a brilliant type of artist, who battles not so much with his opponents, as with himself, with his own ideals and doubts.

 

Reti studies mathematics although he is not a dry mathematician; represents Vienna without being Viennese; was born in old Hungary yet he does not know Hungarian; speaks uncommonly rapidly only in order to act all the more maturely and deliberately; and will yet become the best chessplayer without, however, becoming world champion.

 

Whenever Black succeeds in assuming the initiative and maintaining it to a successful conclusion, the sporting spirit of the chess lover feels gratified, because it shows that the resources of the game are far from being exhausted.

 

The ability to create and to control the tension of battle is perhaps the principal attainment of the great player.

 

Like the alchemist of old, for ever searching for the philosopher's stone, the analyst to-day never stops looking for stronger moves to prevent the defender from establishing equality.

 

Drawn games are sometimes more scintillating than any conclusive contest.

 

It is well-known that chess and music go well together, and many are those who have achieved unusual proficiency in both.

 

Played 'a la Morphy'. What greater praise can be given?

 

Psychologically, the choice of an appropriate opening is of the utmost importance for a player's success in a tournament.

 

A Queen's sacrifice, even when fairly obvious, always rejoices the heart of the chess-lover.

 

It is said that an ounce of common sense can outweigh a ton of "variations".

 

Lasker thought that his rationalism rendered him immune from the surprises of chess theory.

 

Shall we ever live to see the following wise prohibition - the audience is forbidden to smoke and the masters are forbidden to 'smoke out' the audience by playing exchanging variations?

 

The first essential for an attack is the will to attack.